December 21st, 2013
Scarlet and winter, two things that go well together. I didn’t think I was going to make it, but somehow I managed to get Scarlet edited and released. Dead World Book 2 is officially available everywhere but Apple. I hope that it gets on their site soon. Don’t know if it’ll make it with the holidays closing in fast. I’m still questioning a decision I made in the book. There was a love scene toward the end of the book that I seriously considered cutting. I didn’t, but I’m still not sure if it was the right decision.
Right now I’m playing in Switzerland. It’s truly beautiful here, even though they’re seriously hurting for snow. There’s enough to ski on just barely. It snowed yesterday, but today was so pretty that most of melted it. I would upload pictures, but the bandwidth here is limited.
December 15th, 2013
Today I’m off to see White Christmas at the theaters. It’s a special showing and I’ve never seen it on the big screen. I’m a huge fan of musicals, so this is a real treat for me.
I’d hoped to have Scarlet uploaded before I left for the holidays, but I think there’s been a hold up. Well, I know there’s been a hold up, I just don’t know why yet. I’ll get it up as soon as I can. I’m still hoping to beat the distribution cutoff dates, but we’ll see.
Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy 2014.
December 12th, 2013
It took working until 3:00am, but Scarlet is officially off to the formatter. I have no idea if he’ll have time to get to it before I leave town for the holidays. I’ll keep you posted. Like everybody else, I’m scrambling to get everything ready before the holidays strike. I recently received some wonderful news. I’m going to have to keep the information vague, since it hasn’t been ‘officially’ announced yet, but I got word the other day that my Young Adult novel finaled in a pretty tough contest. It’s being sent to a N.Y. editor and a literary agent for final judging. No idea if anything will come from this, but it was a nice surprise and I genuinely needed it after wrestling with the Dead World.
I will try to post pictures when I’m gone. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.
December 4th, 2013
I just uploaded my two Kensington Brava novellas, Mesmerized and Private Investigations. These books were published in 2005. Private Investigations won the Lori Foster/Kensington Brava Reader’s Choice contest (Yes, I’m still surprised.) and has a Christmas theme. They’ll be available within a few days. I edited them using old .docs that I had. The late Kate Duffy didn’t make many changes to the original manuscripts. (That’s both good and bad.) I didn’t give myself a lot of time with them because I knew if I did, I’d end up rewriting them both. (My writing style has changed since I wrote these novellas.) I didn’t want to do that out of respect for the readers who enjoyed the original stories.
I’ve included the covers below. The buy links will go up the second they’re available.
On a completely separate note, Dh bought me the most amazing belated birthday gift. (It was supposed to arrive on time, but didn’t make it.) This will only get Doctor Who fans excited. I found out that Steven Moffat said the item was originally Captain Jack’s. Riversong ‘acquired’ it and repurposed it for herself. Squee!!!
November 13th, 2013
I received a couple of emails to let me know that Red, Kane, and Raphael have officially been released. I’m still waiting for them to pop up on Apple and Kobo, but hopefully that won’t take too long. I’m excited about this relaunch because it’s given me a chance to rebrand the series as a sci-fi/fantasy thriller. Red was never a comfortable fit for paranormal romance. Yes, there is a romance in the book. No, that’s not what the main plot is about. At its heart it’s a crime novel. I actually toned the romance down in Red because parts of it seemed out of place. Raphael and Kane do not have romances in them at all. They are set during the war that created the post-apocalyptic world that Red lives in.
I know that the genre change might upset some of my readers. That was not my intention. There is more romance in Scarlet, but again, this series is about one woman’s journey of self-discovery. Ultimately, it’s Red’s story.
I hope you like it.
October 30th, 2013
I know that I’ve dropped the ball on this blog. I will be removing the blog once I get my site redesigned, but that probably won’t happen this year. I do apologize for the radio silence. I just got back from Hawaii. My Mom and I went and had a great time. Oahu has changed tremendously since our last visit. We barely recognized the place. The people are still wonderfully warm, but this was probably our last time to visit. Honolulu has shifted its focus from water, sun and sand to high-end shopping. We found out the last little area clinging to the past (The International Marketplace) will be torn down at the end of the year to be replaced with more shops. The place already felt like one enormous mall. We don’t really go on vacation to have that experience. But I’m glad we went back. I’m glad we got to see it one more time.
I have TusCon coming up in a couple of weeks. If you happen to be in the Tucson area stop by the sci-fi/fantasy/horror conference. It’s not huge, but it’s a lot of fun.
I’ve edited Dead World Prequel: Kane and I’m working on Dead World Prequel: Raphael edits now. Red comes back from the copy editor on Saturday. I plan to do a VERY fast turnaround on those edits, so that I can send all three books off to my formatter. I still intend to release them in November. I’ll send a newsletter out once things are ready and uploaded.
October 9th, 2013
I have written blurbs for the KANE and RAPHAEL DEAD WORLD PREQUELS. I’ve also added an unedited excerpt to the Kane page. I am currently re-editing SCARLET. It is still my intention to release RED, SCARLET, RAPHAEL, and KANE in the same thirty day period. CRIMSON will be released a month after those books.
If the series does well, I’ll probably add a few more prequel and offshoot stories to the series. There are characters in the second and third books that I’d really like to explore further. If readers aren’t interested, the series will be wrapped up. I won’t leave anyone hanging.
September 29th, 2013
I want to share the new Dead World Prequel covers and the new cover for The Dark King. Click on them to see the bigger versions. I hope you like them as much as I do. I’m writing away on Raphael’s story. Hope to have it finished within the next few days. YAY! UPDATE: I’ve added an unedited excerpt to Raphael’s book page.
September 28th, 2013
I’m a few thousand words into Raphael’s novella and really enjoying the story. I think it’ll give readers a good look at how he became who he is today. I’ll be tackling Kane’s story once I get Raph’s novella finished. I am equally as excited to write his story. Again, it will give readers a glimpse at the man he was and who he became. Good stuff! I realized yesterday that I have a whole LOT of work to finish by the end of November. I have to get both the short story/novellas finished, write the snippet stories that show what’s happening to my Atlantean characters to go in the back of the paperback releases, edit the Kensington Bravas I got back, and get Red and Scarlet edited/released. Trying hard not to panic. Not working.
I know it’s all doable, but it’s still intense. I’m going to lose a week at the end of October because me and my mom are going to go play in Hawaii. I know it’s sad, but someone has to do it. *ggg
If all goes well, I will be releasing Red (in ebook, then paperback), Scarlet (in ebook, then paperback), Raphael, Kane, Private Investigations, The Arrival (in paperback), Exodus (in paperback), Redemption & Atlantean Heat & The Return (in a paperback anthology), and The Dark King (in paperback) by the end of November. I’ll release Mesmerized and Crimson in January. Much depends on how quickly I can get things formatted and Createspace samples delivered.
I just received the new cover for the Dark King. Wow! My designer has outdone herself. I LOVE IT! Will put it up soon.
I suppose that means I’d better get to work.
September 26th, 2013
Thanks to my wonderful Mom, I have now gotten feedback on the newest version of RED. For those of you who think that my Mom wouldn’t be hard on my work–THINK AGAIN! My Mom is a tough critic period. It doesn’t matter that I’m her daughter. She has no problem telling me when she doesn’t like something. Thankfully, she liked Red. She liked it so much that she said it made her want to immediately pick up Scarlet to see what happens next (even though she’s already read these books before). It’s the best compliment I could ask for. It also put pressure on me to make sure that Scarlet is the best book it can be. Sigh.
While we were discussing the book, I told her about some brainstorming issues I was having for a short story tie-in prequel. My Mom is so awesome that she actually came up with two ideas. Two good ideas. Now I have two shorts to write and I think they’ll tie in to the Dead World series nicely. Way to go Mom!
Now I’m off to write the prequels and begin edits on Scarlet. Wish me luck on the latter. I’m genuinely going to need it.